Breaking Bold: Hunter Honn's explosive neo-traditional illustrations are inked to last
Hunter Honn’s wild tattoos jump off of his client’s skin. He’s been wielding a tattoo machine professionally for five years and his portfolio spans styles: from realistic imagery and portraits, to fun new-school illustrations, geometric, neo-traditional and illustrative designs. If you’re looking for a crisp, bold and super-clean tattoo that’s absolutely bursting at the seams with vibrancy, he’s your man. (Just don’t bring up the color green around him.)
What drew you/got you into this art-form in the beginning?
I had perused other careers and never felt fulfilled. Nothing seemed to flow and it was a constant uphill battle. I knew I had a passion for art, but I had been ignoring it because I didn’t feel I could make a living with it. Once I decided to focus on my passion. I found a way to make it work. Now things flow. I absolutely love what I do. I get to put permanent art on people everyday. I get to touch people lives permanently, daily. It takes a lot of responsibility, and it is worth it.
How would you describe your style of art?
I am currently striving towards neotraditional/illustrative style. I like bold lines and bold color. And I know that is what will last over time. People will never regret flowers/animals, natural things that remind them of a time in their life.
Where do you draw inspiration from when you're drawing up an original piece?
I am inspired by color everyday. But I really dislike the color green, baby puke green, moldy green, broccoli....I enjoy watching Planet Earth and National Geographic shows (even though they are mostly green). One of my favorite things about my work is making people’s ideas come to life. When people give me an idea, I can conceptualize how it would fit their body and I love designing art for specific body parts. That is why I always ask for an in-person consultation.
Who are your favorite artists to follow?
I work with a ton of great artists at @MantraTattoo. Some of the out of state artists I follow are @sneakymitch, several artists from Barcelona like @_alvarito_tattoo and @tdonair, and locally I really like the work of @fleshbrush.
What is your favorite aspect of tattooing?
One of my favorite aspects of tattooing is the finality of it. When a piece is finished it is awesome to know that that person will have it for the rest of their life, that’s pretty freaking sweet.
Anything else you want people to know?
I don’t like the color green.